Brosnan brace sinks DCU
Two Ben Brosnan goals in the first half proved decisive as Wexford held out for a deserved victory over DCU in Enniscorthy.
Wexford 2-6 DCU 0-10
Very little separated the sides through the opening quarter but a fine Brosnan goal after 17 minutes, following a sweeping movement out of midfield, edged the home side into a 1-2 to 0-2 lead, a lead they were never subsequently to lose.
Eanna O'Connor's points kept the visitors in touch but a second Brosnan goal after 23 minutes helped his side to a 2-4 to 0-4 interval lead.
DCU opened the second half impressively with two quick-fire points from Ryan Burns and Shekroz Akoram to reduce the deficit to 2-4 to 0-6.
Once Brosnan steadied the home side with two frees, they regained the initiative to hold out for a two-point victory to set up a final round clash with Dublin on Sunday next.
scorers - Wexford: B Brosnan 2-4 (4fs); J Stafford, P Curtis 0-1 each. DCU: E O'Connor 0-4 (1f); R Burns 0-2 (1f); M Plunkett, J Mealiff, S O'Brien (f), S Akoram 0-1 each.
Wexford - P Murphy; R Tierney, J Rossiter, J Wadding; K Butler, J Lacey, T Rossiter; P Byrne, S Byrne; J Firman, B Brosnan, J Stafford; R Nolan, T Byrne, P Curtis. Subs: R Villego for Lacey; S Gaul for Rossiter; R Barron for T Rossiter; G Carty for T Byrne; I Carty for Brosnan; D Barden for Tierney; PJ Banville for Nolan; C Kehoe for S Byrne; K O'Grady for Curtis.
DCU - S Mannion; E Smith, C Doran, D Neary; J Mealiff, K Feely, B Crawley; S O'Brien, C McGonagle; C Mulligan, S Carty, T Lahiff; E O'Connor, H McFadden, J Durcan. Subs: S Akoran for Neary; D Mannix for O'Brien; R Burns for Lahiffe; T Galligan for O'Connor; E Smythe for Mulligan; M Plunkett for Durcan.
Ref - D Hickey (Carlow)